Wednesday, July 10, 2013
New Cicero Walmart Supercenter Breaks Ground
CICERO, Ill., (July 10, 2013)– Town President Larry Dominick, Town Trustees, local dignitaries and representatives from Walmart officially broke ground on the construction of the new Walmart Supercenter to be located at 3400 S. Cicero Avenue.
“This day has been a very long time coming. It’s just one more step we are taking to ensure the future economic viability of our community,” said President Dominick.
“The new Walmart Supercenter will give Cicero residents more local shopping opportunities while creating approximately 400 new jobs, new tax revenues and further economic development in and around Cicero.”
The Walmart Supercenter will be 177,557 square-feet. Construction has commenced and it is anticipated that it will be complete in early Summer 2014.
“On behalf of the approximately 50,000 Illinois Walmart associates, I’m extremely pleased to be here today to help kick off the construction of the Cicero Walmart,” said Karisa Sprague, Walmart Vice President/General Manager for the Northern Illinois Region.
“We know that the residents of Cicero and nearby communities appreciate and depend on our every day low prices, and we look forward to helping them save money and live better.”
PHOTO CAPTION. Walmart VP and General Manager Karisa Sprague joins Cicero Town President Larry Dominick in ceremonially breaking ground on the new 178,000 Sq. Ft. Walmart Super Center to be located on the eastern part of the former Sportsman Park at 34th and Cicero Avenue.
Joining Sprague and Domincik were State Represenatives Lisa Hernandez and Silvana Tabares, and town officials including Supervisor Joe Virruso, Collector Fran Reitz, Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Assessor Emilio Cundari, and Trustees Dennis Raleigh, Victor Garcia, Lorraine Walsh and Larry Banks. Craig Pesek, the Project Manager for the Town of Cicero and Town Attorney Michael Del Galdo who led the negotiating team on the property sale and construction, also attended.
Pesek served as the event emcee.
After the ceremony, Dminick joined Sprague in digging the first shovels of ground using gold commemorative shovels.
The 177,557 square-foot Walmart Supercenter will feature enhanced services and an easy-to-navigate layout designed to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers. Walmart aligned the departments that customers shop most frequently, including grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty and pet supplies, which will save customers time as they shop for everyday necessities.
A bright interior color palette creates an inviting shopping experience and helps define the store’s merchandise areas. Directional signage on every aisle helps customers quickly find what they are looking for.
The new Cicero Walmart will offer customers an expanded electronics department featuring a wide selection of the latest consumer electronics and home entertainment. The new design includes a more hands-on experience for customers with interactive displays for hi-definition Blu-ray, video gaming and portable electronics. The interactive experience enables shoppers to test new technology.
The attendees also included Leticia Aguilera, executive director of the Association of Business & Commerce in Cicero (ABC Chamber), and founding ABC Chamber member Nemer Ziyad, General Manager of Ziyad Brothers Importing, 5400 W. 35th Street, located several blocks west of the new Walmart site.
“President Dominick continues to bring more and more businesses into Cicero challenging the national trend in which businesses are declining in many other communities,” Aguilera said.
Ziyad noted, “Cicero has been one of the most business-friendly communities in the state of Illinois. We came to Cicero in 1994 and will be celebrating our 20th year this summer and it was the best move we made. Business is strong. Crime is down. The community is much stronger today than when we arrived. We’re proud of what Larry Dominick has done to make this a better and safer Town.”
Craig Pesek opens press conference
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